Best Restaurants in Canberra that you Must Try

Canberra is blessed with an excellent range of dining options. From trendy bistros and cool cafes to the plushest of fine dining restaurants. Serving up every kind of cuisine you could think of the nation’s capital has a plethora of places to enjoy a fabulous meal. Check out our favourite recommendations for some of the best restauarants in Canberra:


Situated in the Burbury Hotel, right on the door step of Parliament House, Buvette serves up the kind of exquisite cuisine few other restaurants can match.

Using the freshest quality ingredients, they offer seasonal menus that champion locally sourced produce in a French inspired style.

Dishes like 7-hour lamb shoulder Perigourdine and 36-hour slow-cooked Angus beef short ribs grace the menu; along with exceptional charcuterie boards, share plates, grills and other gourmet appetisers. Their desserts are decadent and delightful too.

Set within a sophisticated space that wouldn’t be out of place in the streets of Paris, the contemporary décor of the restaurant pleasantly enhances your dining experience.

Address: 1 Burbury Close, Barton, Canberra ACT 2600

Rebel Rebel

If the line from the David Bowie song instantly pops into your head then Rebel Rebel is doing as intended. 

Renowned for its excellent food, cool David Bowie-inspired décor and its overall value-for-money, Rebel Rebel is a casual wine bar, cafe and bottle shop in Newacton that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Run by Head chef Sean McConnell’s the menu offers a fantastic selection of culinary delights like blue mackerel with romesco, capers and cos, fried quail with harissa and lemon, and beef tartare with anchovy, pickles and hot English mustard.

With Bowie music playing on shuffle, it’s a fabulous place to linger for a while. The food is so good, you may even be dancing in the street on your way home.

Address: 23 Marcus Clarke St, Acton

Capitol Bar & Grill

For a taste of Italy, with a touch of style, head on over to the Capitol Bar & Grill.

Located in the QT Canberra, in the heart of the city centre, Head Chef Josh Smith-Thirkell proudly showcases his visionary take on farm-to-table dining.

A creative culinary genius who crafts exceptional quality dishes and bold, mouth-watering flavours, his menu includes Canberra truffles and natural oysters shucked to order and served on ice.

The robust wine list and innovative range of cocktails are well thought out enhancements to these sumptuous dishes.

While the low lights and glossy black décor creates an elegant atmosphere in which to dine.

Address: 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601


Awarded one hat status by the Sydney Morning Herald on no less than 6 occasions, Courgette is one of Canberra’s most impressive restaurants.

Owned by celebrated chef, James Mussillon, this is another French inspired restaurant that will delight your tastebuds.

The deluxe restaurant perfectly balances a relaxed ambiance with a sophisticated demeanour. Guests are seated on opulent lounge style chairs and served artisanal dishes that are decorated with brightly coloured flower petals.

7 course degustation meals are presented for dinner which include the likes of Barbeque Glazed Rainbow Trout, Cowra Lamb Loin and Frozen Elderflower Meringue.

Paired with choice wines from across the world, Courgette is an experience not to be missed.

Address: 54 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra

Red Salt Restaurant

Located within the Crowne Plaza Canberra, in the heart of the city’s CBD, the Red Salt restaurant serves exemplary Australian cuisine in a relaxed, yet elegant setting.

Championing local products made with exceptional skill, they offer a hearty range of classic dishes like Pan Seared Tasmanian Salmon with roasted chat potatoes and Grilled Chicken Breast with seasonal greens.

They also offer a great selection of gourmet pizzas, while their Wagyu beef burger is one of the best going around town.

Best of all you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy their food, and if you do go there you’ll get to enjoy an excellent wine list too.

Address: 1 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601